Widow wants Harrison to allow dog daycare in business district

Six years after buying a building for her business in Harrison, Kim Ringer can’t use it for the main reason she bought it.

Ringer said township zoning officials assured her and her late husband, Bruce, more than once before buying the former home goods store-turned-car dealership at 3041 Freeport Road in 2015 that they would be able to operate their business there, including a day care for dogs.

They had eyes on the building as it sat empty for a decade.

“When they came down in price, it was like, OK,” she said.

But, she says, within hours of buying it, a zoning officer told her otherwise. None of the assurances she says they got were in writing.

The day care remains in a former bank she owns in Tarentum, where Ringer’s Pet Dog Training has been for 25 years.

While a retail shop fills the front of the Harrison building and other rooms are used for classes, the former garage at the back intended to house the day care is unused. Since her…

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